Lamprima aurata

Golden Stag Beetle, Lamprima aurata  Tasmania’s “Christmas Beetle”.

Pauline Baker could remember these being worn as brooches when she grew up in the Channel region, during the 1930’s -1940’s.

Male
Late December 2010
Peter Murrell Reserve, Blackmans Bay
Photos KE
  

Male
Mid January 2005
Coningham
Photos KE

Male
Early January 2011
Sisters Beach
Photos KE
  

Dead male
Mid February 2017
nipaluna/Hobart
Photos KE
       
         

Live female
Mid December 2019
Sandy Bay
Photos KE
         
Female
Late December 2011
Knocklofty Reserve, nipaluna/Hobart
Photos KE

Female
Late February 2011
nipaluna/Hobart
Photos KE

 

Female
Late January 2012
nipaluna/Hobart
Photo KE

Female
Mid February 2013
“Woodvine”, Forcett
Photo KE

Female
Late May 2013
Knocklofty Reserve, Hobart
Under a log
Photos KE
 

Late November 2015
Knocklofty Reserve, nipaluna/Hobart
Photos KE
 

Late January 2023
nipaluna/Hobart
Photos and videos KE

IMG 6149  IMG 6152  IMG 6154

Adults with larvae, presumably of their species, found in a rotting root of a silver wattle
November 2006
Lenah Valley
Images by Robyn Gates, used with permission.

References: 
Baker, P.R. (1978) Personal correspondence.